The International Economic Law Interest Groups American and European Societies of International Law of the together with the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law are pleased to announce a joint 2015 Works-in-Progress Workshop on: The Future of Transatlantic Economic Governance in the Age of the BRICS, 11-12 December 2015, to be held at the Max Planck Institute Heidelberg, Germany.

Workshop theme: As the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations have revealed, in some ways the developed economies of North America and Europe have never been more interested in creating a cooperative system of economic governance. In other ways, however, the relationship between these countries has never faced more challenges, as new economies disinclined to accept the trade rules and regulatory cooperation efforts of the developed world have ascended to new economic rights and have asserted new legal authority. Moreover, some of the traditional strengths of incumbency, such as a powerful currency and traditionally strong representation in international organizations, have come to look more like liabilities. This emerging economic order has presented challenges for Transatlantic cooperation efforts in trade law, investment law, financial regulation, monetary policy, and law and development – to say nothing of the longstanding conundrums raised by differences in competition law, complexities inherent in the supervision of multinational corporations and financial institutions, and problems posed by the need for sustained regulatory cooperation.

The International Economic Law Interest Groups of the American Society of International Law and the European Society of International Law, in cooperation with the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, will hold a joint workshop in which progress in new research on these issues may be made. The working language of the workshop will be English.

Call for previously unpublished papers: We encourage IEL scholars, practitioners, and advanced doctoral students to submit proposals for paper presentations on any topic related to the workshop’s theme, broadly conceived. Proposals should be no more than one single-spaced page in length and should include the paper’s working title and an abstract describing its main thesis, methods, and contribution. All papers should be works-in-progress, that is unpublished at the time of the workshop.

Authors should also submit a separate, one-page bio or short curriculum vitae (CV) (max two pages) along with the abstract.

Proposals should be emailed to: ASIL.ESIL.IntEcLIG.Workshop@gmail.com and must be received no later than June 30, 2015.

Selection process: Submissions will be reviewed by a joint selection committee convened by the organizers. Selection decisions will take into account the proposals’ originality, diversity, and relevance to the workshop’s theme and will aim to achieve a well-rounded representation of European, North American, and non-transatlantic perspectives. We plan to inform the selected participants by August 15, 2015, with papers due for circulation to all workshop participants no later than November 15, 2015.

Workshop Format: In order to ensure a high level of discussion and useful feedback for all authors, the workshop will take place over 1.5 days in a roundtable format. Presenters will be thematically grouped into four to five panels of three papers each, with a senior commentator moderating the discussion for each panel. Due to space limitations, early submission of proposals is highly encouraged.

Publication Possibility: Depending upon the topics of the final submissions, a number of workshop participants may be invited to submit their papers for publication within a special issue of the Journal of World Investment and Trade. Any such invitations will be extended in accordance with that Journal’s usual peer review and editorial policy.

Workshop Costs: We are in the process of applying for funding to help offset the costs of the workshop. Subject to final availability of funds, we hope to be able to cover reasonable economy class travel and accommodation costs to assist most participants with the journey to Heidelberg, which is particularly lovely during the holiday season. Final confirmation of funding availability will be communicated along with selection decisions.

Any further questions may be directed to the organizers at: ASIL.ESIL.IntEcLIG.Workshop@gmail.com.

We look forward to receiving your proposals!

On behalf of the ASIL IEcLIG:

Julie Maupin (Max Planck Institute, HD)

Sonia Rolland (Northeastern University)

Jarrod Wong (Pacific McGeorge)

David Zaring (Wharton)

On behalf of the ESIL IEcLIG:

Elisa Baroncini (University of Bologna)

Marion Pannizon (World Trade Institute)

Peter-Tobias Stoll (Georg August Universität, Göttingen)

On behalf of the Max Planck Institute:

Anne Peters (Co-Director)

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Interesting call for papers for a conference on “The Reform of International Economic Governance” at the University of Granada on 9-10 October 2014. The two main sessions will cover, respectively, reform of the trading regime and reform of the monetary and financial architecture. Here is the link with the information. Paper proposals may be sent until 1 June 2014.

Photo: Reflejos del Torreón (La Ahlambra, Granada, 2010)


No hay dos sin tres. El tercer concurso de hoy es la convocatoria 2013 del SIEL/CUP Prize for an Essay in International Economic Law. El premio fue creado por la Society of International Economic Law y Cambridge University Press y se otorga al mejor ensayo sobre cualquier tema de derecho internacional económico. Hay una recompensa monetaria,  cupones para libros de CUP y una subscripción de un año para la World Trade Review, que puede incluir la publicación del artículo. Además, la ganadora o el ganador del premio será invitado a presentar su trabajo en la conferencia de la SIEL en Berna en 2014.

El plazo para presentarse vence el 30 de septiembre y los requisitos están detallados aquí.

El próximo lunes 10 de junio de 2013, a partir de las 10:30 horas, tendrá lugar un seminario organizado en el contexto del proyecto de investigación sobre la protección de los bienes jurídicos globales, en el que el Profesor Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann, Catedrático Emérito de Derecho Internacional y Europeo del Instituto Universitario de Florencia, Italia, presentará una ponencia sobre su trabajo “Constituting, Limiting, Regulating and Justifying Multilevel Governance of Interdependent Public Goods: From Constitutional Nationalism to Multilevel Constitutionalism and Cosmopolitan Constitutionalism?”

El profesor Markus Wagner, Universidad de Miami, abrirá la discusión con un comentario sobre la contribución del Profesor Petersmann.

El seminario será moderado por el Profesor Carlos Espósito, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

El programa empieza a las 10:30 horas y termina a las 13:00 horas, incluida una pausa café de 15 minutos. El lugar de celebración es el Seminario VIII de la cuarta planta del edificio de la Facultad de Derecho de la UAM y la lengua de trabajo será el inglés.

Rogamos confirmar la intención de asistir a nicolas.carrillo@uam.es antes del miércoles 5 de junio con el fin de prever la capacidad de la sala.

 A continuación reproducimos el abstract del trabajo y aquí se puede descargar el texto completo del artículo y un resumen para el seminario.

Constituting, Limiting, Regulating and Justifying Multilevel Governance of Interdependent Public Goods: Methodological Problems of International Economic Law Research

by Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann



This contribution discusses legal and methodological problems of multilevel governance of the international trading, development, environmental and legal systems from the perspective of “public goods theories” and related legal theories. The state-centred, power-oriented governance practices in worldwide organizations fail to protect effectively human rights, transnational rule of law and other international public goods for the benefit of citizens. Their criticism by civil society, democratic parliaments and courts of justice prompts increasing opposition to non-inclusive, intergovernmental rule-making, as in the case of the 2011 Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement rejected by the European Parliament. The “democracy deficits” and morally often unjustified power politics underlying “Westphalian intergovernmentalism” weaken the overall coherence of multilevel regulation of interdependent public goods that interact “horizontally” (e.g., the monetary, trading, development, environmental and related legal systems) as well as “vertically” (e.g., in case of “aggregate public goods” composed of local, national, regional and worldwide public goods). The “laboratory” of European multilevel governance offers lessons for reforming worldwide governance institutions dominated by executives. The integration of nation states into an interdependent, globalized world requires a multilevel integration law in order to protect transnational public goods more effectively. Legal and constitutional theories need to be integrated into public goods research and must promote stronger legal, judicial and democratic accountability of intergovernmental rule-making vis-à-vis citizens on the basis of “cosmopolitan constitutionalism” evaluating the legitimacy of national legal systems also in terms of their contribution to protecting cosmopolitan rights and transnational public goods.

Forthcoming Global Community Yearbook of International Law and Jurisprudence (GCYILJ) 2012 (2013).

¿A dónde va América Latina en el

Derecho Económico Internacional?

28 y 29 de octubre de 2013

Lima, Perú

Convocatoria para Artículos

La Red Latinoamericana de Derecho Económico Internacional (RED LAT-DEI), la Universidad de Chile y la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú, con el apoyo de la Society of International Economic Law, la Sociedad Latinoamericana para el Derecho Internacional, y el Word Trade Institute de la Universidad de Berna, convocan a la presentación de artículos para la Segunda Conferencia Bianual de la RED LAT-DEI “¿A Dónde Va América Latina en el Derecho Económico Internacional?” A desarrollarse el 28 y 29 de octubre de 2013, en Lima, Perú.

PLAZO: 30 Mayo de 2013


ENTREGA PAPERS: 15 Septiembre de 2013

Entre el 28 y el 29 de octubre de 2013 tendrá lugar la Segunda Conferencia Bianual de la Red Latinoamericana de Derecho Económico Internacional en conjunto con la Universidad de Chile y la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú, en Lima, Perú. La conferencia cuenta con el apoyo de la Society of International Economic Law, la Sociedad Latinoamericana para el Derecho Internacional (www.lasil-sladi.org), y el Word Trade Institute de la Universidad de Berna.

El tema de la conferencia será: “¿A dónde va América Latina en el Derecho Económico Internacional?” Les invitamos a reunirse con reconocidos expertos en derecho económico internacional de diferentes partes del mundo para discutir sobre el estado y futuro de esta área del derecho en nuestra región. Contaremos con la participación de representantes de la Organización Mundial del Comercio, organizaciones económicas y de integración Latinoamericana, entre otros.

La primera conferencia bianual tuvo lugar en la Universidad Externado de Colombia, el 8 y 9 de septiembre de 2011. En la conferencia participaron algunos de los más importantes expertos en derecho internacional económico de la región, entre ellos miembros del Tribunal Permanente de Revisión del MERCOSUR, jueces del Tribunal de Justicia de la Comunidad Andina y del Órgano de Apelación de la OMC, más de 115 académicos, abogados y representantes de organizaciones internacionales. Las ponencias y artículos entregados en la conferencia han sido editados por los co-directores de la Red y el Departamento de Derecho Económico de la Universidad Externado de Colombia, y publicados en un libro que se encuentra ya disponible al público. La conferencia contará con mesas individuales y conferencias magistrales en formato de plenaria. Cada mesa tendrá un moderador y, según el caso, comentaristas.

Las propuestas para mesas o presentaciones individuales podrán presentarse en Portugués o Español en los siguientes tópicos, u otros relacionados con el tema de la Conferencia:

– derecho económico internacional (comercio, inversión, derecho financiero o monetario) en Latinoamérica o con un enfoque sobre Latinoamérica y sus vínculos con otras regiones;

– las instituciones de integración en Latinoamérica, su fragmentación y/o coherencia con otras instituciones globales;

– teoría jurídica de las relaciones económicas internacionales.

Las propuestas enviadas por estudiantes de Maestría o pregrado podrán ser elegibles como posters o sesiones.

Las propuestas deben ser entregadas antes del 30 mayo de 2013.

Para postular, solicitamos a los interesados enviar por correo electrónico un resumen de no más de 300 palabras con el tema a tratar en su ponencia, nombre, afiliación y breve biografía o CV. En caso de ser escogida, un borrador avanzado del artículo que desarrolla la propuesta debe entregarse antes del 15 de septiembre de 2013.

Por favor, indicar si el trabajo ha sido publicado, es un documento de trabajo o es inédito. Con la presentación de la propuesta se acepta que el artículo que entregará podrá ser publicado y reproducido en el segundo libro de memorias de la misma, por la institución que defina la Red LAT-DEI. Para efectos de la publicación, el artículo será de entre 20 y 30 paginas máximo.

La postulación de mesas debe contar con un título y resumen de la mesa, conferencistas comprometidos, información sobre ellos (tal como su afiliación) y los títulos y resúmenes de las presentaciones individuales. Los conferencistas deben estar de acuerdo con el título de su charla y confirmar su interés y disposición en participar.

Preferiblemente las mesas deben representar (si el tema lo requiere) la diversidad de opiniones existentes y países.

Les pedimos enviar las propuestas vía e-mail a jmalvarez@etb.net.co

Los resultados serán anunciados en Junio de 2013. Las propuestas serán leídas por dos árbitros o miembros del comité organizador, conformado por los directores de la Red, representantes de las universidades organizadoras y el Comité Ejecutivo de la Red.

Seguro que alguno de nuestros lectores estará interesado en el programa del Joint Workshop of the ESIL Interest Groups on International Environmental Law and on International Economic Law on ‘The United Nations Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development: Appraisals and Prospects of a Paradigmatic Concept’, que se celebrará en Valencia el miércoles 12 de septiembre (6-8pm, edificio ADEIT, aula 2.4, 2º piso), la noche anterior a la apertura de la 5ª Conferencia Bienal del ESIL.


6-6.10pm: OPENING OF THE WORKSHOP Welcome by the Co-Convenors of the ESIL Interest Groups on International Economic Law (Peter Tobias Stoll) and on International Environmental Law (Alejandra Torres Camprubí)

6.10-6.30pm: KEY NOTE SPEECH Julia Frohneberg (University of Hamburg), ‘Taking Stock of the Concept of Sustainable Development in International Law and International Relations’

6.30- 19h40: PRESENTATIONS

1. Matthias Sant’Ana and Claire Debucquois, Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium): ‘Rio+ 20 and the Future of Sustainable Development as a Legal Concept: Lessons Learned and Challenges Ahead’

Discussant: Werner Scholtz, North-West Univeristy (South Africa)

2. Carina Costa de Oliveira, FVG-Direito Rio (Brazil), ‘The International Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development: Insufficient Focus on National Implementation’

Discussant: Rike Kraemer, University College London (United Kingdom)3. Takeo Horiguchi, Hokkaido University Graduate School of Public Policy (Japan), ‘The Influence of Sustainable Development on the Proceduralization of International Watercourse Law’

Discussant: Klaus Blank, European Commission (Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development)



The United Nations ‘Rio+20’ Conference on Sustainable Development: Appraisal and Prospects of a Paradigmatic Concept


1st Joint Workshop of the ESIL Interest Groups on International Environmental Law and on International Economic Law


12th SEPTEMBER 2012

Call for papers- deadline 23rd April 2012

The ESIL Interest Groups on International Environmental Law and on International Economic Law are pleased to announce that the celebration of their First Joint Workshop will place in the afternoon of Wednesday 12th September 2012 (between 6-8pm), that is, the night before the opening session of the Fifth ESIL Biennial Conference, to be held in Valencia (Spain) on September 13-15th 2012. The group convenors hereby invite the submission of abstracts on the theme of « The United Nations ‘Rio+20’ Conference on Sustainable Development: Appraisal and Prospects of a Paradigmatic Concept ».

Websites of the groups available at: www.esilgiel.wordpress.com (Interest Group on International Environmental Law); and http://inteurlaw.uni-goettingen.de/esil-iel/ (Interest Group on International Economic Law).


1)     THE TOPIC

Twenty years after the 1992 Rio Summit on Environment and Development and ten years since the 2002 Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development, the international community will again gather between the 4th and the 6th June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro (information available at: www.uncsd2012.org). The objective of this major meeting is to renew and secure political commitment on sustainable development, a paradigmatic concept which has both driven the exponential normative development of international environmental law while also virtually becoming the main framework of global politics for development of the last decades. As it appears in the preparatory work of the Rio+ 20 Conference, the summit will expectedly focus on two themes: green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication; and institutional framework for sustainable development.

Departing from a discussion on the outcome of the Rio+20 Conference, this Joint Workshop will seek to undertake a comprehensive analysis of the concept of sustainable development. We therefore invite the submission of abstracts which: 1) appraise the historical process of implementation of the concept of sustainable development, exploring its prospects and future evolutions; and/or 2) propose a critical approach to the notion of sustainable development, reflecting about the possible inherent and unveiled shortcomings of the concept.


The event will be open by the impulse statement of an invited speaker. It will then be followed by three paper presentations selected out of this call for papers which will compose one single panel. A prominent scholar in both fields of International Environmental Law and International Economic Law will conduct the Joint Workshop.

Papers presented at the workshop will be selected through a competitive process. The selection process will be based exclusively on scholarly merit and priority will be given to unpublished papers and work in progress. We welcome proposals from professionals, academics and graduate students, and remain open to proposals which may challenge the importance given by this workshop to the notion of sustainable development as a central issue in the future development of IEL.

Each submission should include the following:

–        An abstract of no more than 400 words in English or French.

–        A short CV in English or French.

Applications should be submitted to both Peter-Tobias Stoll at PT.Stoll at jur.uni-goettingen.de and Alejandra Torres Camprubí at atorrescamprubi at yahoo.es, in WORD (version 1999-2007) or PDF format. Please write “Proposal 2012 Joint Event Workshop” in the subject of the email.


The deadline for submission of proposals is Monday, 23rd April 2012. The outcome of the selection process will be notified to all applicants by Monday, 14th May 2012. After selection, each presenter will be expected to produce a draft paper by Monday, 16th July 2012 for circulation among the other workshop participants.

We look forward to receiving your contributions!


Further information about the groups’ activities can be found at the following websites:  www.esilgiel.wordpress.com (Interest Group on International Environmental Law) and http://inteurlaw.uni-goettingen.de/esil-iel/(Interest Group on International Economic Law). Please do not doubt to contact us should you have more questions or queries:

  • Interest Group on International Environmental Law:

Alejandra Torres Camprubí  (atorrescamprubi at yahoo.es); and Mario Prost (m.prost at law.keele.ac.uk)

  • Interest Group on International Economic Law:

Peter-Tobias Stoll (PT.Stoll at jur.uni-goettingen.de); Luis Hinojosa Martínez (hinojosa at ugr.es), and Marion Panizzon (marion.panizzon at wti.org)

The 5th Biennial Conference of the European Society of International Law,  «Regionalism and International Law», will be held in Valencia, Spain, from 13 to 15 September 2012. The Call for Papers for the conference is attached. The deadline is 20 January 2012.

The themes selected for the agorae in 2012 are:

  1. International Law Making
  2. The internal dimension of self-determination
  3. Frozen regions: the Arctic and the Antarctica in the new Millennium
  4. Development and international economic law
  5. «Lost in Translation»: Migration, Culture, and Religion
  6. Global environment and regional responsibilities
  7. Regional traditions and universal judicial institutions
  8. Failed states, international administrations, occupation and neo-protectorates
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